NATIONAL JOE DAY
National Joe Day on March 27th encourages everyone to enjoy a cup of joe with all your friends named Joe, Jo, Joey, Joseph, and Josephine. While you’re at it, don’t forget Joette, Jody, Johanna, Jodie or any other variant of the name Joe. If you didn’t know it, quite a few nicknames can be created from this one name.
According to the Social Security Administration, the name Joseph was ranked No. 6 from 1893 to 1899 behind John, William, James, George, and Charles. In 1910, it moved to No. 5. From 1911 to 2005 it was ranked No. 12 or lower. Famous Joes, Jos and Jo Anns populate the world. They fill many roles, too. So their name does not define them. Just check out the variety of hats they wear!
- American football player and coach – Joe Montana
- Politician – Jo Ann Emerson
- Comedian, musician, and actor – Joe Pesci
- Politician and lawyer – Joe Biden
- Musician, singer, dancer -Josephine Baker
- Theatrical producer, entrepreneur, film producer – Joseph Gordon
- American football player – Joe Namath
- Opera singer – Dame Josephine Barstow
- Formula one endurance driver – Jo Gartner
- Politician, soldier – Joseph Stalin
- Songwriter, musician, singer – Joey Ramone
- Journalist – Jo Coburn
- Baseball player – Shoeless Joe Jackson
- Olympic medalist, swimmer – Josephine McKim
- American football player – Joe Green
- Actress – Jodie Foster
- Musician – Joe Jonas
- Businesswoman, politician – Jo Ann Davis
- Baseball player, actor – Joe DiMaggio
- Author – Josephine Cox
- Musician – Joe Cocker
- Boxer – Joe Frazier
- Athlete, sprinter – Joanne Cuddihy
- Baseball player – Joe Mauer
- Journalist, author – Josephine Lawrence
- Press Secretary – Jody Powell
- Musician – Joe Walsh
HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalJoeDay
During our research, we found this day has a few different versions as to how it is celebrated.
1. Honor all people with the name “Joe.”
2. For the day, change your name to a name of your choice.
3. Everyone changes their name to a version of “Joe” or “Jo” of your choice.
4. Read the science fiction novella Call Me Joe by Poul Anderson.
Another way to celebrate the day is by telling stories about friends and family named Joe. We all know someone from our past or present who have made our lives just a little bit better just by being the Joe or Jo that they are.
Use #NationalJoeDay to post on social media.
NATIONAL JOE DAY HISTORY
National Day Calendar continues to research the origins of this day. In the meantime, you can call us Joe, and we’ll call you Joe, too. It’s a great way to create confusion while avoiding it.
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